There have been a lot of discussions about Republicans potentially bringing in an outside Speaker in the new Congress.
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who lost the Republican primary to a Trump-endorsed candidate, was one of the names suggested as a potential Speaker. In the past, Cheney has come to the forefront for her vocal criticisms of Trump, as well as for being the vice chair of the Jan. 6 House select committee.
Many are arguing that her anti-Trump rapport and her neoconservative values could lead to her having the support of both centrists and Democrats.
Capitol Hill reporter Juliegrace Brufke also noted that this is what would allow her to get a number of representatives from both sides to support her.
While the Speaker of the House does not necessarily need to be a member of the House, it is uncommon for someone to be selected from outside the House representatives.
With Republicans holding a slim majority in the House, there have been some who want a centrist to take over as they would potentially be supported by both sides. Among the names circulating are former Rep. Justin Amash, L-Mich. And Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
Prospective speakers don’t necessarily need to receive 218 votes, as the requirement is for at least 50 percent of members to be present and voting.